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2011 Stories by AMANDA PARSONS

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  • Brad Williams

    published June 30, 2011

    Everyone thinks they have a sense of humor, but only the truly secure can have a sense of humor about themselves. Orange County native Brad... More >>

  • Britney Spears

    published June 23, 2011

    Hollywood loves a comeback, and so does Orange County—at least when it comes to Britney Spears. The pop idol and fantasy of self-exploring... More >>

  • Irrelevant Week Kick-Off Arrival Party

    published June 16, 2011

    Suffering in the dark bowels of mediocrity isn’t without its rewards. In fact, some even celebrate the achievements of the inconsequential.... More >>

  • 'The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head'

    published June 9, 2011

    Imagine being able to pop off your nose and replace it with a more flattering version on a whim or restyling those bloodshot, hungover eyes with a... More >>

  • 'The Wild Party'

    published June 2, 2011

    Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, based on a 1928 poem of the same name, is a scandalously drug-fueled musical featuring bathtub gin,... More >>

  • Chicago

    published May 26, 2011

    The Windy City has dames blowing people away with their voices and guns in the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago. This crime story set in... More >>

  • Cat Party CD Release

    published May 19, 2011

    Orange County trio Cat Party aren’t the kind of guys who relish watching keyboard-playing cat videos on the Internet, although Googling them... More >>

  • David Spade

    published May 12, 2011

    Just like your favorite single aunt, sarcasm and shit-talking are David Spade’s specialty. And he’s ridden that style to a successful... More >>

  • Reggae Brunch, Featuring Headshine

    published May 12, 2011

    Sundays are usually the day for brunchers. Everyone gets all dressed up in their “Sunday best”—it’s all a bit pretentious, if... More >>

  • LMFAO

    published May 5, 2011

    In a world in which LOL and OMGWTF are solid components of our pop-culture knowledge, we have party-rock DJs SkyBlu and Redfoo to send... More >>

  • Casablanca: Film & Discussion

    published April 28, 2011

    Unexpectedly running into your ex is difficult enough. Combine that experience with a nightclub, a tear-jerking song and an attempt to flee for... More >>

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    published April 21, 2011

    Revenge is a dish best served freezing—and there’s nothing colder than buckets of cash. In Alexandre Dumas’ story, we witness... More >>

  • Steven Curtis Chapman

    published April 21, 2011

    When you’ve got a fever for the Lord, sometimes there’s just no cure greater than singing the gospel. Steven Curtis Chapman,... More >>

  • Remembering Watergate: A Conversation

    published April 14, 2011

    Everyone dreads running into an arch-nemesis. Luckily for Bob Woodward—one of the journalists who reported the Watergate scandal that... More >>

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    published April 7, 2011

    In our age of Toddlers and Tiaras and Super Sweet 16, it can be difficult to find programming that projects the importance of being... More >>

  • Bubblefest XV

    published March 31, 2011

    Nothing says spring break like bubbles—but not the kind you find in beer, champagne, or Jack and Coke. We’re talking about genuine soap... More >>

  • John Jorgenson Quintet

    published March 24, 2011

    When you’re feeling saucy, gypsy jazz is the music that soothes the soul. And the only man with suitable credentials to deliver your musical... More >>

  • Fight Club OC

    published March 17, 2011

    No, it’s not the movie, but half-naked men will beat one another during Fight Club OC, a bi-monthly bout produced by Roy Englebrecht... More >>

  • Almost an Evening by Ethan Coen

    published March 10, 2011

    For those still reeling over the complete failure of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to honor True Grit with anything at... More >>

  • Food for Thought

    published March 3, 2011

    For some people, the shower is where the magic happens. For others, it's the gym that really gets them going. But for a special and very lucky... More >>

  • Rhys Darby

    published February 24, 2011

    New Zealand is well-known for two things: sheep and comedians. As the home to the stars of HBO’s hit series Flight of the Conchords,... More >>

  • The Red Light Revue: A Vaudevillian Carnival Sideshow

    published February 17, 2011

    Working at the carnival is basically just like working in show business, except you don’t have to clean up as much vomit. But in the case of... More >>

  • Ledward Kaapana

    published February 3, 2011

    When Ledward Kaapana was growing up on the Big Island, his tiny village didn’t have the amenities we’re used to today: no television,... More >>

  • Sesame Street Presents: The Body

    published February 3, 2011

    If there’s one show that has the ability to rid generations of under-the-bed or in-the-closet monster-phobia, it’s Sesame Street.... More >>

  • Regenerative Medicine

    published January 20, 2011

    Regenerative medicine is the study of why all those lizards you caught as a child could lose their tails one day and have a new one sprout back... More >>

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